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Lift Your Smile

The area surrounding your mouth is more likely to show obvious signs of aging as you become older. Because your lips play a key role in your facial expressions, including smiling, frowning, pleasure, etc., many men and women desire lip enhancement. By slightly lifting the position of the upper lip, a lip lift helps generate an upper lip that is more distinct and beautiful and results in a wider-looking grin. The lip lift results in more cosmetically attractive, youthful, and voluminous lips overall. Marina Plastic Surgery is committed to giving people the lips they deserve and is regarded by patients as one of the best lip lift providers in Los Angeles.

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What is a Lip Lift?

A lip lift is a beneficial procedure in which excess skin is removed right below the nose to reduce the gap between the top lip and the base of the nose. The incision is ideally positioned in the natural creases around the nose, allowing it to be disguised adequately. By reducing the distance between the nose and upper lip, more of the red area (vermillion) is exposed, resulting in fuller, younger-looking lips. In addition, a Lip Lift will roll the vermillion border, also known as the line between your lip skin and vermillion. This enhances the definition of the Cupid's bow and exposes more of your upper teeth or tooth show.

Types of Lip Lifts

There are numerous lip lift variations. Knowing the different approaches can help you and your surgeon have an informed conversation about which is best for you.

Direct Lip Lift

A direct lip lift, also known as a gullwing lip lift, produces a lip border that is more clearly defined. Just above the upper lip, a small section of skin is removed, and the skin is then pushed upwards to give the appearance of a more pronounced vermillion (the pink part of the lips). Usually, this treatment produces a scar near the top lip.

Subnasal Bullhorn

One of the more often performed Los Angeles lip lift procedures is the subnasal bullhorn. A surgeon usually makes an incision along the base of the nose, where it is less obvious. The center, right, and left of the lip are all dragged up toward the nose, and the incision is frequently done in the shape of a bullhorn.

Central lip lift

A subnasal bullhorn lift and a central lip lift are comparable procedures. By making an incision at the lower nose, it reduces the distance between the nose and the lips.

Corner Lip Lift

Because it makes the face look friendlier, a corner lip lift is often referred to as a "grin lift." Two tiny incisions are made at the corners of the mouth, and a small amount of skin is scraped away. Some people will undergo this with another lip lift for bigger lips. The Corner Lip Lift is often an ideal choice for those who believe their lips are turned down.

Russian Lip Lift—a non-surgical lip lift option

The Russian lip filler technique is becoming increasingly popular due to its naturalistic results. This method involves injecting hyaluronic acid into the lips to create a fuller, more youthful look. It can be customized for different levels of fullness and can also be combined with other treatments, such as Botox or fillers, to result in an even more striking transformation. The Russian lip injection technique focuses on the cupid's bow area to create a heart shape. This is done by injecting additional volume and lift into the center of the lips while still keeping the sides relatively in line with the face. The result gives you that desired baby-doll look—full, plump, yet natural.

What are the benefits of Lip Lift?

The lip lift can give you a more appealing upper lip, resulting in a more attractive smile and a more even distribution of facial features. Your surgeons have mastered the lip lift procedure as facial plastic surgery experts to make sure that your lips recover beautifully with barely perceptible scarring.

Many men and women believe they have a bit too much gap between the tip of their upper lip and the bridge of their nose, which can affect their self-confidence when it comes to how they look and smile. Whether it's because of aging-related sagging lips or even just the desire to create a line of symmetry between your face and lips. You can rely on the doctors at Marina Plastic Surgery to give you one of the top Lip Lifts Los Angeles has to offer, which can revitalize your whole appearance.

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Am I a good candidate for Lip Lift?

Most people who want a lip lift have an upper lip that has fallen because of gravity. Over time, the upper lip will move farther away from the base of the nose. This makes the upper teeth mostly covered when the person is resting, subconsciously making them look older.

Your surgeon will construct a unique outpatient technique tailored to your features and offer you the results you seek. You may not be an ideal candidate for a Lip Lift if the following applies:

  • There isn't a lot of space between the bottom of your nose and the top of your lip (about 1.5 centimeters).
  • If you are a smoker, it is important you are willing and able to quit for the healing period after surgery (about two to four weeks). This will help your body heal properly.
  • If you have diabetes or any other condition that affects your blood’s ability to clot, it is a good idea to speak with your surgeon.

Additionally, if you have oral herpes, it is beneficial to communicate this information with your surgeon as well.

Your Lip Lift Procedure

There are numerous lip lift variations. Knowing the different approaches can help you and your surgeon have an informed conversation about which is best for you.

Pre-surgery Preparation

A few weeks before the surgery, stop taking aspirin or any other blood thinning medication. Do not eat or drink for six hours before surgery. Your doctor may want you to avoid smoking before and after surgery, as it can interfere with anesthesia. In addition, you should not drink alcohol for 48 hours before your surgery, as it can interfere with anesthesia.

Your Procedure

Your lip lift can be finished in an hour if it is done as a stand-alone operation. Your surgeon specifies where he will make the incisions and remove the skin before starting the procedure. The bigger your lift, the more skin is removed. When the area is completely numb, your doctor will attach the remaining skin to the base of your nose, lifting your upper lip into suspension for a more youthful appearance.

Lip Lift Recovery

Dissolvable sutures will be inserted; they will dissolve in two weeks or less, and post-procedural care is very low maintenance. If performed under a local anesthetic, you are merely required to cut back on exercise for about a week. The scar will start to diminish after two weeks, but the incision line will take longer to heal. You are given an antibiotic cream to be applied twice daily for a week, and it is crucial to keep the incision area clean. Smoking is completely prohibited during your recovery period, and it is advised that you stop using tobacco altogether. For the next two weeks, you must also refrain from chewing excessively.

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Lip Lift Results

Although you'll notice some improvements right away, the full impact won't be felt for another two weeks once the swelling has gone down. The incision may take up to three months to heal and fade. However, the Lip Lift is a surprisingly dependable and long-lasting surgery, so your results will last more than ten years.

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Schedule your Los Angeles Lip Lift consultation at Marina Plastic Surgery today

Men and women who want a more pronounced cupid's bow and fullness in their lips may be good candidates for lip lifts. This procedure can help to create a noticeable difference in the appearance of the lips without using implants or filler. Additionally, older individuals who have noticed a change in lip fullness due to aging may also benefit from this treatment. Our surgeons at Marina are committed to assisting you in achieving a natural post-surgical appearance and work closely with you to establish a customized treatment plan. Set up a consultation for a lip lift at Marina Plastic Surgery in Los Angeles, California.

Lip Lift Frequently Asked Questions

The majority of patients are given a prescription for an over-the-counter pain reliever. However, most patients experience almost zero postoperative pain.

Patients frequently mix lip lift surgery with additional facial procedures. For the most complete facial rejuvenation, it is frequently combined with facelifts and neck lifts. Additionally, it is regularly combined with other operations including lasers, brow lifts, and eyelid lifts.

The capacity to grin will not be affected by the lip lift; rather, it should improve the patient's smile because it will allow for more of the upper teeth to be visible.

Definitely, yes! People subconsciously judge a person's age based on their appearance by looking at the area surrounding their mouth. If someone has a more stretched top lip and fewer teeth visible, it is considered that they are older. A Lip Lift typically has an appealing aesthetic quality over an above average patient satisfaction rate.


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